October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. UN Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 1945 UN Charter when the UN officially came into being. The UN has one central mission: the maintenance of international peace. The UN does this by working to prevent conflict and creating the conditions to allow peace to hold and flourish.
In honor of UN Day later this month, we’d like to share our new Soul of Travel series of wall calendars which strives to capture the essence of place, to revere nature and regional cultures, and to cultivate a deep appreciation for adventure. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion. We believe that exploring other cultures with an open mind and open heart can lead to a deeper understanding.
The 2020 Soul of Travel series features the countries of Iceland and Ireland as well as two diverse natural environments of our world — forest and desert. Peering through the lenses of worldclass photographers, viewers will get glimpses of our amazing planet that illuminate a sense of wonder and strengthen our global connection.
Another new wall calendar for 2020 is Spaceship Earth: The Overview Effect. The luminous vision of Earth from space reveals one human family. Boundaries and differences that seem insurmountable at ground level are diminished, illuminating the understanding that all people have the same desires for love, safety, happiness, and acceptance. The “overview effect,” first described in 1987 by science writer Frank White, is the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts while in space. With sudden clarity, they understand that the Earth — home to everyone and everything we have ever known — is a pulsing, swirling, living place that we must protect.
The Spaceship Earth wall calendar features stunning images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) photographic archives paired with powerful quotes from philosophers, writers, and astronauts.
We hope these new calendars can be inspiration to nurture your heart, renew your soul, and expand your mind.